Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these young adult romances! They're great books for teens and they also have a lot of crossover appeal for adults. All of the subgenres in adult romance appear in YA romance as well, so you're sure to find something you love here!
A romance novel isn't just a book that happens to have a love story in it - romance is an enormously popular genre with its own conventions, subgenres, and devoted readers that brings in a billion dollars a year and makes up almost a quarter of all books published in America. A true romance novel has to have two things: a central love story which is the focus of the novel and a satisfying, optimistic ending. It doesn't have to be "happily ever after", but a true romance novel is at least "happy for now". Romances can also be sad, funny, thoughtful, and suspenseful, and are written by, about, and for a wide variety of people - even if you don't think you like romance, if you like books about people experiencing human emotion there's one for you!
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